Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE available July 28 from Verizon Wireless

Samsung and Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that an LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, one of the few tablets to date that critics have called a viable opponent to the Apple iPad, will be available July 28.

White and metallic gray models of the tablet will be available at Verizon Wireless stores and online starting at $530 for a 16GB model and $630 for a 32GB model with 2-year customer agreements (the 16GB iPad 2 with WiFi and 3G costs $630 and the 32GB version costs $730 on AT&T or Verizon’s network). Monthly broadband data plans for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 range from $30 to $80.

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The new Samsung tablet features a 10.1-inch touch screen, supports WiFi, runs on Google Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), supports Flash apps and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra2 dual-core 1GHz processor. It has rear and front facing cameras as well.

Google doled out early versions of the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which costs $500) at the Google I/O conference in May (read our review) and started selling the device in June.

Android tablets are selling in greater numbers, though have much catching up to do with Apple's market leading iPad. Strategy Analytics reported recently that about 4.6 million Android tablets shipped in Q2, up 100,000 from Q2 last year. Apple sold 9.3 million iPads in Q2 2011, up from 3.3 million sold in Q2 2010.

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